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Wake Forest playgrounds closed this weekend for maintenance

Posted January 16, 2015

Holding Park in Wake Forest

Several Wake Forest playgrounds will be closed this weekend at various times as a contractor works to make some general improvements.

Ruben Wall, the town's parks, recreation and cultural resources director, said no new equipment will be added to the parks. Instead, crews will make some changes to platforms; adjust steps; and replace rusting parts. Luckily, the improvements will be covered by the equipment's warranty.

"We were right at the mark of the warranty expiring and we contacted them because the work had to be done," Wall said.

The playgrounds won't all be closed at once, Wall said. Work at all but one of the playgrounds should take about two to four hours. Repairs to the playground at Ailey Young Park, 800 E. Juniper Ave., could last about two days. The playgrounds will be closed at some point from Friday, Jan. 16, to Monday, Jan. 19.

Here's the list of other playgrounds to see improvements:

Tyler Run Park, 830 Pineview Dr.
Kiwanis Park, 400 E. Holding Ave.
Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave.
Dubois Park, 625 N. Allen St.
Plummer Park, 965 Jones Wynd

Only the playgrounds will be closed. Public access to the greenways and other park features will continue. Signs will be posted with information.

Wall said he knows it's never a good time to close a playground, but the parks aren't as busy in the winter months when the cold weather keeps families inside.

"I've got two young boys and my wife would have my head if I closed them down in the spring and summer," he said. "It's never an ideal time, but if we're going to do it, this is a better time."


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  • moomoo Jan 17, 2015

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    Did one consider that there are those who work "rotating shifts" and not all are off on "weekends and holidays". If one can predict the weather several weeks in advance, then the picnic can be arranged at their convenience. And as "I am not...." stated, its a safety issue dealing with the "warranty" on some of the equipment. The listed playgrounds are only closed for short periods during the weekend. Make adjustments or take the kids to a movie.

  • scvmcdoc Jan 17, 2015

    This "one" is thinking that it being a holiday weekend when families might plan to spend the day together or have a picnic a non-holiday weekend might have been a better choice. Even during the week might be a good choice as kids are in school and less likely to use the park. By doing it during the week they would likely not have to pay weekend or holiday rates to their employees therefore possibly saving money. That is what this "one" was thinking. It's called being logical.

  • John Ragan Jan 17, 2015
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    I have no idea what "one" would think I think you should close a playground periodically for maintenance's a safety thing.....I'm just say'n

  • moomoo Jan 17, 2015

    Maybe if one would read the article, one would see the reason for closing now. Its the winter time--does one think that they just this week chose this weekend? Scheduling has to be done well in advance for the convenience of all involved-workers, parents, children, etc. Like the man said, if it was closed in the Spring or Summer, there would be many upset folks. Deal with it, its a weekend in the winter.

  • scvmcdoc Jan 16, 2015

    Maybe they should have picked a non-holiday 3 day weekend........